Today, I Met the World Cup..

She is 13 pounds of solid gold perfection.

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ME WITH THE MY NEW BFF (Ignore how horrible I look) REPPING US SOCCER and ROCKING MY RUN DMB HAT

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Coca-Cola and FIFA have been taking trophy tour around the globe with their only fan stop in America being in LA.  I literally texted every day for a month for tickets.  TOTALLY WORTH IT.

They had a hologram presentation on the history of the Cup which I only caught part of to record and the video is not great but it was cool to relive so many great World Cup Moment.  The big cheer in the middle was a clip of Clinton Dempsey dancing in 2006

WC Group D Update – ITALY’S 2014 Song Kicks ENGLAND’S Bum

The most important Updates from the World Cup

Italian Pop-Rock Band Negramaro (think more Nickleback than Aerosmith) released the official 2014 Italian World Cup Anthem Un Amore Cosi Grand 2014 (A Love So Great 2014).  Money raised from the sale of the single will go to ALS and MS research in Italy.

 


Also England released their anthem, a new version of Take That’s Greatest Day sung by random Brit popstars and former players.  It is nice idea.. it is an awful version.

We are just waiting for the US “unofficial” anthem to kick all their assess

 

Get Well Soon Don Vito

Per the League,  MLS has announced Commissioner Don Garber is fighting prostate cancer.

“I hope through my experience that I will be able to create awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to get regular testing, the surest way to ensure a successful outcome for those who get the disease.”

 

FIGHT HARD DON VITO, FIGHT HARD…  Michael/Sonny hard, not Frado hard

 

 

**updated with better information**

Phil Schoen Fills My International Soccer Loving Heart with GLEEEEEEEEE.. COPA AMERICA 100 In US

In a blog post that I have been waiting to see for LITERALLY YEARS!!!!   Go read his post (afterwards come back and read this one)

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 my facebook post from Oct 24, 2012..

 

Phil Schoen, who is good people and would not lie to me and break my heart, says that the DEAL IS FINALLY DONE!!!  It will be announced very soon..  I will, in fact, cry at the formal announcement.  CRY REAL BIG TEARS OF PURE JOY!

I get that this happens in the summer of 2016 which is MLS primetime but so help me soccer gods, if MLS/USSF pull some shady, team selection nonsense, I will LOSE it..

We field the BEST team legitimately possible, like it is a World Cup… because well it mine as well be.  It will be the summer after the Gold Cup and before the Confed Cup (we are halfway to the ConFed cup after winning the 2013 Gold Cup), so we can win that then have a brilliant set of summer tournament matches with some of the best teams on the planet, head to summer 12017 in Russia at the Confed and then back in 2018 for WC2018.

Phil quotes Marca listing venues for the tournament but cannot independently confirm those location.

  • Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.,  (home for me)
  • Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif., (almost home for me)
  • MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., (couch surfing opportunities)
  • Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Fla., (I hate Orlando and NOT MIAMI?)
  • R.F.K. Stadium in Washington D.C., (HOME SWEET SOCCER HOME…)
  • Reliant Stadium in Houston. (I have some amazingly humbling memories of that complex and zero to do with sports)

They seem pretty safe bets though I would expect Solider Field or somewhere middle America instead of two in Cali.  AND PLEASE SOCCER GODS… RFK YES… FedEx… no…  RFK YES… FedEx… NO 

That is my next four summers locked down.  God knows after the presumed Disaster in the Jungle this summer, we will need it.

 

UPDATE:  SUNIL CONTINUES TO RAIN ON MY PARADE.. SUNIL STOP DOING THAT..  COME ON NOW… NO ONE LOVES A BLATANT USSF MONEY GRAB LIKE YOU, SO WE KNOW IT WILL HAPPEN

[Yes I know he didn't take a salary for years... but USSF went from $55 year to $10,000 for the good stuff a year,  OVERNIGHT.. LITERALLY OVERNIGHT..  Screwing the longtime fans who were there  before 2010 in favor of late comers with lots of cash...]    

This is what the USSF President for Life and Blatter BFF tweeted this morning:

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Mr. Worldwide and his lady friends.. Bring you the Official World Cup Song

We are One (Ole, Ole, Ole) Pitbull Featuring JLo and Brazilian popstar Claudia Leitte.   The song, sadly, is HUGELY forgettable, not cheesy, campy or fun, just generic and dull.

please note:

World Cup song is different from World Cup Anthem and World Cup Mascot’s Anthem. The FIFA World Cup Album, creatively entitled, “One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Album,” goes on sale May 18

Tracklist per FIFA’s release:

1. Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte – We Are One (Ole Ola) (The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup TM Song)

2. Santana & Wyclef feat. Avicii & Alexandre Pires – Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way) (The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup TM Anthem)

3. Arlindo Cruz – Tatu Bom De Bola (The Official 2014 FIFA World CupTM Mascot Song)

4. Ricky Martin – Vida (Spanglish Version)

5. David Correy – The World Is Ours

6. Psirico – Lepo Lepo

7. Sérgio Mendes & Carlinhos Brown – One Nation

8. Shakira – La La La (Brasil 2014) feat. Carlinhos Brown

9. The Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing (Studio Rio Version)

10. Bebel Gilberto and Lang Lang – Tico Tico

11. Adelén – Olé (Stadium Anthem Mix)

12. Magic! – This Is Our Time (Agora e’a nossa horra)

13. Baha Men – Night & Day (Carnival Mix)

14. Rodrigo Alexey feat. Preta Gil – Go, Gol

A Deluxe Edition also includes the following bonus tracks:

Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte – We Are One (Ole Ola) (The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup TM Song) (Olodum Mix)

Arlindo Cruz – Tatu Bom De Bola (The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Mascot Song) (DJ Meme Remix)